London, 20 May 2021: The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 today publishes a selection of its top entries to date, including a pouting boxfish from Curaçao and a laughing lion from Tanzania, 6 weeks before the competition closes.
Now in its seventh year, the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards has already received thousands of entries from around the world – catching some of wildlife’s funniest moments on camera. This year, the competition organisers are releasing some of the shots that have already had them howling like hyenas, to inspire both professional and amateur photographers to enter their own images before 30 June 2021.
The chosen photographs show animals from Africa, the Caribbean to Brazil, captured at the perfect time – including a moody pied starling showcasing its best frown, a bald eagle receiving a surprise from a prairie dog in Colorado and a group of penguins enjoying a surfing session in the Falkland Islands.
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards was co-founded in 2015 by professional photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE and Tom Sullam. The duo wanted to create a competition that focused on the lighter side of wildlife photography and would help promote the conservation of wildlife and habitats through humour. Each year, the competition highlights a charity working tirelessly to protect vulnerable species. This year, the competition is supporting Save Wild Orangutans by donating 10% of its total net revenue to the charity. The initiative safeguards wild orangutans in and around Gunung Palung National Park, Borneo.
Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE, Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Co-Founder, said: “A lot of wildlife shown in these images are facing threats to their populations and habitats that are heart-breaking. With this competition, we wanted to capture people’s attention and energy by giving them a giggle. In order to protect animals, we need people to fall in love with them. We think these wondrous shots show a side of wildlife that we don’t often get to see. They remind us of the beauty, and comedy, in our natural world that needs protecting.”
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 is free to enter. Photographers can enter up to ten photographs across the six categories which include Land, Air, Juniors (for those aged 16 and under), Portfolio (a selection of four images), Underwater and Video Clips. This year the prizes range from a once-in-a-lifetime safari in the Maasai Mara in Kenya, a subscription to Affinity Photo, a camera bag from ThinkTank and, of course, the prestigious title of 2021 Comedy Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
Tom Sullam, Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Co-Founder, said: “We hope people take a peek of these latest images and share them with any friends or family they think might have the winning shot. Last year, our winning picture of a grumpy-looking turtle swearing at the camera took the world by storm. People love to see these beautiful creatures in these silly situations - it reminds us that we’re not too dissimilar.”
Entries will be judged by a panel comprised of wildlife photographers, Daisy Gilardini, Tom Lanman and Will Burrard-Lucas, travel editor Neil Stevenson, tv presenter Kate Humble, actor and comedian Hugh Dennis, Co-Founder of The Born Free Foundation Will Travers OBE, Managing Director of Serif, developer of award sponsor Affinity Photo Ashley Hewson, ThinkTank’s Simon Pollock, image expert Celina Dunlop, Amazing Internet’s Andrew Skirrow, and the formidable ambassador for conservation, Bella Lack.